Marine Research Student Colloquium

2022 Colloquium: Saturday, October 15

Keynote Speaker 

Oceans Department
Standford Doerr School of sustainability
Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University 

The Ultimate Mouthful: How The Largest Baleen Whales Feed

Some of the largest baleen whales—such as blue whales, fin whales and humpbacks—fall into a family called rorquals that use an unusual method of feeding. These whales feed on aggregations of zooplankton and fish by lunging with their mouths open wide to tremendous gape angles to force huge volumes of water and prey into their expandable oral cavities. This extreme lunge feeding strategy is facilitated by some of the most bizarre anatomical adaptations, many of which are unique among mammals. This talk will present new insights using tag technology into how the largest vertebrates ever subsist on the smallest food. 


Goldbogen received his B.S. in Zoology from the University of Texas at Austin, followed by a M.S. in Marine Biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC-San Diego (UCSD), and a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of British Columbia (UBC). He was then awarded a Scripps Postdoctoral Fellowship at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UCSD, a Governor General’s Gold Medal at UBC, and a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Guelph (declined). Goldbogen has received several additional post-degree honors and awards, including both a Terman Fellowship and a Hoagland Award for Teaching Innovation at Stanford University, and a Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, Department of Defense, Human Frontier Science Program, MAC3 Philanthropies, Cascadia Research, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund, the International Whaling Commission, and several others.

Goldbogen currently serves as a member of NOAA’s Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Research Activity Panel.  He previously served as Co-director of Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University and as an editorial board member for Functional Ecology.  He has over 100 scholarly publications to date and his work has been featured heavily in various news sources, including the NY Times, LA Times, PBS, BBC, Stanford News, Nature, Discover Magazine, NPR’s Science Friday and the Morning Edition, National Geographic, the Washington Post, Smithsonian, Scientific American, Wired, The Guardian, and many more.

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Colloquium Keynote Speakers to date

The Marine Research Student Colloquium of the Graduate Program in Marine Biology (GPMB) was established in 1998, to increase awareness of research activities by students and faculty affiliated with GPMB; to provide graduate students with experience in making scientific presentations; and to promote interactions among faculty and students conducting research in marine biology.

The following distinguished researchers joined us as keynote speakers in previous years:

2021       Dr. Brian Bowen, Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa  

2020       Cancelled - COVID  

2019       Dr. Sheila N. Patek, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, Duke University    

2018       Dr. Sandra Brooke, Florida State University

2017       Dr. Billie Swalla, University of Washington

2016       Dr. David Hastings, Eckerd College

2015       Dr. Daniel Huber, University of Tampa

2014       Dr. Dean Grubbs, Florida State University & Coastal Marine Laboratory

2013       Dr. Felicia Coleman, Florida State University & Coastal Marine Laboratory

2012       Dr. Thomas Near, Yale University

2011       Dr. John Bruno, University of North Carolina

2010       Dr. Win Watson, University of New Hampshire

2009       Dr. Erik Sotka, CofC & Dr. Geoff Scott, Hollings Marine Laboratory

2009       Dr. Steve Palumbi, Hopkins Marine Station & Stanford University

2008       Dr. James T. Carlton, Williams College & Williams-Mystic Program

2007       Dr. Peter Wainwright, University of California, Davis

2006       Dr. Jeffrey Levinton, State University of New York at Stony Brook

2005       Dr. Margaret McFall-Ngai, University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School

2004       Dr. Malcolm Shick, School of Marine Sciences, University of Maine

2003       Dr. Walter Boynton, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, Univ. of Maryland

2002       Dr. Larry Crowder, Duke Marine Laboratory, Duke University

2001       Dr. Lauren Mullineaux, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

2000       Dr. John Pearse, Institute of Marine Science, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz

1999       Dr. Ken Tenore, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland